D1 Regional All-American and International Veteran C/1B/OF (SIGNED IN ITALY FOR 2022) | Baseball Jobs Overseas

D1 Regional All-American and International Veteran C/1B/OF (SIGNED IN ITALY FOR 2022)

Name: Sarah Edwards

Height: 178cm

Weight: 72kg

DOB: June 26, 1996

Date Available: October 10, 2022

Bats: L

Throws: L

Positions: 1B, OF, C

Positions (alt): Coach, Youth Coach

College: University at Buffalo; Hofstra University

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Personal

Collegiate Career

Sarah graduated in 2018 after two years at Hofstra University (BIO) (NCAA Division I). She previously spent two years at the University at Buffalo (BIO) (NCAA Division I). Sarah started all 53 games of the 2018 season in the 4 spot for Hofstra, the #18 team in the country at the time. The team earned a CAA Conference Championship and NCAA Regional Tournament appearance, where she was a key asset in their success (Article). She completed her senior season with a .336 batting average and .453 OBP, with 12 doubles,  6 home runs and 32 RBIs.  She finished her collegiate career as an NFCA All-Northeast Region First-Team selection, First-Team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete and two-time CAA All-Tournament Team selection.

As a hitter, Sarah has great plate awareness and pitch selection, known for working deep into counts and drawing walks. At Hofstra, she holds the 5th-most amount of single-season walks in program history with 31. She earned the nickname “Clutch,” known to execute high-pressure situations, including a game-winning 2-run homerun in extra innings against FIU, and a game-winning RBI in extra innings against Florida State. She ended her 53 game senior season on a 22 game reached-base streak.

On the base paths, Sarah has average speed and good base running skills, known for avoiding tags. Sarah’s catching abilities were described as having a very strong & accurate arm, good command of the field, and great pitch calling knowledge. She is known for her good hands and athleticism in the field, and her willingness to fill any defensive role needed. Sarah also has 10 years of coaching experience and would be open to helping out with the youth program.

Overseas Career

Sarah’s first season in Europe, she was under two contracts for the 2018 summer. She first played for the Lucerne Eagles in Switzerland for the regular season and 2018 European Winners Cup in the Netherlands. She was a key asset in helping a 2-10 team win their last 6 out of 8 games to make the playoffs. She took the league by storm, finishing with a stat line of .680/.758/1.160.

In the 2018 European Winners Cup in Rotterdam, while competing against numerous NPF players, Sarah was at the top of almost every offensive statistic. She went on to finish with Old Parma Taurus in Italy for the second half of their season. She helped a 3-17 team win 4 of their last 12 games to get them out of relegation.

Following her success in Europe, Sarah went to play with the Western Magpies in Auckland, New Zealand for the 2018-2019 winter. While catching and playing outfield with the Western Magpies in 2018-19, Sarah maintained a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000 through 20 league games. She helped her team win the Auckland Softball Championship and the New Zealand Club Nationals Championship. At the NZ Club Nationals tournament, she helped the Magpies advance to the semi-finals with a walk-off RBI sac fly in the 8th inning against Auckland rivals Otahuhu. She finished the tournament with a stat line of .455/.630/.500 through 8 games.

She returned to Italy for the 2019 season with the Old Parma Taurus. She offensively led the team in every category and individually had a great season, finishing with the statistics .350/.460/.475. For the later part of the summer, she signed to play in the 2019 European Premiere Cup in Italy and the Dutch Golden League playoffs with defending champions Olympia Haarlem. She helped them win the bronze medal at the European Premiere cup and become finalists in the Holland championship series. In the “Top 4” round of playoffs, playing against the most competitive teams in the league, Sarah earned a stat line of .636/.692/.909 in 5 games and racked up the most RBI’s in the postseason with 9.

In 2020, she played for Inox Team Saronno for her 3rd Italian season. Her regular season statistics were .485/.697/.647 in 13 games. She finished the regular season 4th in the league for Batting Average, 6th for Slugging, 2nd for OBP, 2nd for OPS and led the league in walks with 16.  She reached base in 19 out of 20 total games played. Saronno finished 2nd in the Serie A1 Softball Championship, losing to MFK Bollate in the final game. It was the club’s first appearance in the Italian championship final.

In 2021, Sarah returned to Old Parma to play her 4th season in the Italian Softball League. She led the regular season in triples with 5. In her last 40 games in the Italian Softball League (2020 & 2021 combined), while playing a mix of catcher, outfield and first base, Sarah has committed only two errors. She also participated in the 2021 European Premier Cup with CBS Rivas Madrid, playing a mix of center field and catcher. She helped the Spanish team to a 4th place finish, having scored the most runs on the team (6).

In February of 2022, Sarah spoke in an interview with Grandeslam.net about her softball career, future goals and mental health. She had recently signed with Bertazzoni Collecchio for her 5th Italian season. In the 2022 season she played CF/1B/C and batted primarily in the leadoff spot. She helped Collecchio to a 4th place finish and she finished the regular season as the team leader in runs, hits, doubles, home runs, total bases, and walks. She finished second on the team in OBP and slugging. Across 11 teams in the league, she found herself situated 10th in runs, 9th in triples, and tied for 2nd in walks. She walked 21 times in 96 plate appearances (22%).

Sarah joined CBS Rivas once more to participate in the 2022 European Premier Cup, helping them to another 4th place finish. In the 8-team tournament among the best club teams in Europe, she finished 7th in runs (7), 9th in hits (8), 8th in OBP (.556), and 2nd in walks (7) in only 27 plate appearances.

Italian National Team

In December of 2019, Sarah finished the process of getting her Italian Passport and became a member of the Italian National Team (Article). She was selected to play in the 20 women roster for the 2020 Australia Pacific Cup. (Article) She played catcher and called the pitches herself against Chinese Taipei, globally ranked #6, which resulted in an Italian victory of 6-3. She also played right field against the Aussie Spirit. She was in the Olympic selection pool for Team Italia in their preparation for Tokyo (Article), but was not selected for the 15-player Olympic roster.

Sarah was reselected by the Italian National Team in 2022 for the 15 player roster that participated in the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama. She helped Italy to a victory over Mexico, globally ranked #4, with a sacrifice fly that extended the Azzurre lead to the final score of 4-1.

Shortly after, Sarah joined Italy for the 2022 European Championship in Sant Boi Spain. Her very first at-bat of the tournament, Sarah hit a 3-run home run in Italy’s 11-0 victory over Poland. She also played a major part in Italy’s 4-3 win over Germany. The Azzurre found themselves down 3-0 before Sarah scored two and batted in two to give the Italians the 4 runs needed to win. (She got on base in the 5th inning with a walk, advanced to 2nd on a second consecutive walk, and stole 3rd and home as a result of two wild pitches, giving Italy their first run on the board. In the 6th, she plated two runners with a double to center field to tie the game before scoring herself as the winning run on a throwing error the next play.)

Italy came in third place in the tournament after winning the bronze medal game against the Czech Republic. Sarah found herself 3rd on the team in runs (9), 3rd in RBIs (8), 2nd in OBP (.519), 3rd in OPS (.990), and 1st in walks (10). Her 10 walks were the most in the tournament across 21 teams.

Any club in need of a versatile lefty, big bat with discipline, and someone with great knowledge of softball is encouraged to reach out to Sarah for the 2022-23 winter or the 2023 summer season.

Playing Experience

YEARSORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2015-2016 University at Buffalo NCAA I Mid-American Conference C, 1B, DH while batting all throughout the line up.
2017-2018 Hofstra University NCAA I Colonial Athletics Association C, 1B, DH while batting 4th and 5th in the line up.
2018 Lucerne Eagles Switzerland Softball League/Euro Cup C, 1B, OF, and SS while also being a player/coach and batting 3rd in the line up. Best batter at Euro Cup.
2018 Old Parma Taurus Italian Softball League C, 1B, OF, and SS while batting 1st, 3rd, and 4th in the line up.
2018-2019 Western Magies Auckland Premier Softball League/Club Nationals C, 1B, and OF while batting in the middle of the line up.
2019 Old Parma Taurus Italian Softball League C, 1B, OF, and 2B while batting 1st, 3rd, and 4th in the line up. Led the team in avg, ob%, hits, RBIs and walks.
2019 Olympia Haarlem Dutch Golden League/Euro Cup C, 1B, and OF while batting all throughout the line up.
2020 Saronno Italian Softball League C, 1B, and OF. Led the team in doubles, ob%, OPS, and walks. Second on the team in avg, slugging, and stolen bases.
2021, 2022 CBS Rivas Madrid (Spain) Women's European Premier Cup (WBSC) 2021: C, CF while batting middle of the lineup. Placed 4th in tournament of best clubs in Europe. 2022: 1B, C while batting leadoff. Placed 4th in the tournament.
2021 Old Parma Taurus Italian Softball League Starting Center Fielder and First Baseman, hitting 2nd and 3rd in the lineup. Led the team in hits, runs, doubles, triples, and walks.
2022 Bertazzoni Collecchio Italian Softball League CF/1B/C and leadoff. Led the team in runs, hits, doubles, home runs, total bases, and walks.
2019-Present Italian National Team WBSC C, 1B, and OF while batting all throughout the line up. 2020 Asia Pacific Cup, 2022 World Games, 2022 European Championship.

Coaching Experience

YEARROLEORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2011-2014 Instructor Bay Shore Varsity Youth Softball camps
2014-2016 Instructor University at Buffalo Youth Softball clinics
2016-2018 Instructor Hofstra University Youth Softball clinics
2018 Import Coach Lucerne Eagles Switzerland Softball League/Euro Cup Player/Coach
2018 Youth Coach & Instructor Old Parma Taurus Youth Softball Camps; helping with youth team
2018-2019 Youth Coach Western Magpies Youth Softball Camps and Lessons for youth
2018-2019 Assistant Coach Auckland 23u New Zealand Assistant Coach for the Auckland 23u team which is comprised of the top under 23 girls in the entire Auckland league and compete at tournaments around the country.
2019 Youth Coach & Instructor Old Parma Taurus Youth Softball Camps; helping with youth team
2019 Youth Coach & Instructor Olympia Haarlem Youth Softball Camps; helping with youth team
2020 Youth Coach & Instructor Saronno Youth Softball Camps; helping with youth team
2021 Youth Coach Old Parma Taurus Youth Softball and Baseball camps

Stats

Pro/Overseas Batting

Years Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2018 Lucerne Eagles 10 25 18 17 7 1 1 12 8 3 5 0 .680 .758 1.160
2018 Lucerne Eagles (European Cup) 7 21 8 14 2 3 0 2 4 2 0 1 .667 .720 1.048
2018 Old Parma Taurus 12 26 4 9 0 0 0 3 3 6 1 2 .346 .414 .346
2018-2019 Western Magpies 43 107 35 38 8 1 3 26 18 7 5 0 .355 .533 .533
2018-2019 Club Nationals 8 22 6 10 1 0 0 7 4 1 0 0 .455 .630 .500
2019 Old Parma Taurus 36 80 8 28 2 4 0 12 18 13 6 1 .350 .460 .475
2019 Olympia Haarlem 17 38 7 13 3 1 0 13 5 2 1 1 .342 .419 .474
2020 Inox Saronno 20 46 16 20 7 1 0 14 23 11 4 1 .435 .625 .630
2021 Old Parma Taurus 20 48 13 15 3 5 0 5 13 13 1 2 .313 .459 .583
2021 CBS Rivas 9 24 6 5 0 0 0 0 5 7 0 1 .208 .345 .208
2022 Bertazzoni Collecchio 28 73 22 26 5 3 2 6 21 13 3 3 .356 .500 .589
2022 Team Italy (European Championship) 10 17 9 4 1 0 1 8 10 6 0 0 .235 .519 .471
2022 CBS Rivas 8 20 7 8 1 1 0 3 7 2 0 2 .400 .556 .550

College/Amateur Batting

Years Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2015-2016 Buffalo 39 89 9 24 3 2 3 15 12 27 0 0 .278 .386 .474
2017-2018 Hofstra 92 212 27 70 16 1 7 40 48 36 1 0 .330 .450 .514
Total 131 301 36 94 19 3 10 55 60 63 1 0 .312 .427 .495

Video Highlights

Testimonials

Lisa Maulden

BBJO Softball Recruiter; Former Teammate

Larissa Anderson

Former Head Coach, Hofstra Softball

Trena Prater

Former Head Coach, University at Buffalo

Additional Info

ACCOLADES

2022: European Championship Bronze Medalist

2020: Italian Softball League Championship Finalist

2020: Italian National Softball Team selection

2019: Top IBC Hitter

2019: Dutch Golden League Championship Finalist

2019: European Champions Cup Bronze Medalist

2019: Italian All-Star Game Invite x2

2019: Top Batter at Bev Chote Tournament

2018-2019: Top IBC Winter Hitter

2018-2019: New Zealand Nationals Championship

2018-2019: Auckland League Championship

2018: Top IBC Hitter

2018: Top Batter at European Cup

2018: NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete

2018: NFCA All-Northeast Region First-Team

2018: CAA All-Conference First Team

2018: CAA All-Tournament Team

2018: CAA Tournament Championship

2018: Went 3 for 3 vs Texas Tech (Article)

2017: CAA All-Tournament Team

2016: Academic All-MAC Team

2014: Bay Shore Varsity MVP

2014: Suffolk County Co-Field Player of the Year

2014: All-County Selection


PERSONAL

Education: Sociology BA, Philosophy minor

Hobbies and Interests: Lifting/exercising, reading, watching movies

Post softball career plans: Coaching, teaching, or both

Recent injuries or illnesses: None